Gravesend (UK Parliament constituency)

Gravesend was a county constituency centred on the town of Gravesend, Kent which returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1868 until it was abolished for the 1983 general election. It is most notable for being a bellwether, with the winner of Gravesend (and its successor Gravesham) winning every election from 1918 through to the present day except for 1929, 1951, and 2005.

Gravesend
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons

Gravesend in Kent, showing boundaries used from 1974-1983
18681983
Number of members one
Replaced by Gravesham and Medway[1]
Created from West Kent

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1868–1885: The parishes of Gravesend, Milton, and Northfleet.[2]

1918–1950: The Borough of Gravesend, the Urban District of Northfleet, and the Rural Districts of Hoo and Strood.

1950–1955: The Borough of Gravesend, the Urban Districts of Northfleet and Swanscombe,[3] and the Rural District of Strood.

1955–1983: The Borough of Gravesend, the Urban District of Northfleet, and the Rural District of Strood.

Election Member Party
1868 Sir Charles John Wingfield Liberal
1874 Bedford Pim Conservative
1880 Thomas Bevan Liberal
1880 by-election Sir Sydney Waterlow Liberal
1885 John Bazley White Conservative
1892 James Dampier Palmer Conservative
1898 by-election John Ryder Conservative
1900 Sir Gilbert Parker Conservative
1918 by-election Sir Alexander Richardson Conservative
1923 George Isaacs Labour
1924 Sir Irving Albery Conservative
1945 Garry Allighan Labour
1947 by-election Sir Richard Acland Labour
1955 Peter Kirk Conservative
1964 Albert Murray Labour
1970 Roger White Conservative
Feb 1974 John Ovenden Labour
1979 Tim Brinton Conservative
1983 constituency abolished: see Gravesham

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